On three consecutive Wednesdays, Oct. 6 through the 20th, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a series of lectures that will explore the various visual and cultural contexts surrounding the Hudson River school of landscape painting. This three-part series conducted by art historian Julie Levin Caro is titled American Picturesque: Landscape Culture and American Painting, Architecture and Gardens, 1820-1875. All lectures will take place at 6 p.m. in the downtown museum’s auditorium.

Titles of the three lectures are: Oct. 6, American Landscape Culture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Painting, Literature and Tourism; Oct. 13, Artists at Home in the Landscape: Thomas Cole and Frederic Church as Painters, Architects and Garden Designers; and Oct. 20, Cultivating a Taste for the Picturesque Landscape: Andrew Jackson Downing, Frederick Law Olmsted and the Rise of the Public Park Movement in America.

Caro is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art at Colby College. A specialist in African American art, Caro also actively researches, writes and teaches in the field of American landscape art and culture. She has taught art history at New York’s Union College and Vassar College and Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts; and has lectured at numerous museums including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, N.Y.

The fee for this series is $25, $20 for museum members. Individual lecture tickets may be purchased as well at $10, $8 for members. For more information or to register for the series or for an individual lecture, call the Education Department at 596-0949 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org/education.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.